At the beginning of every year many of us make obligatory resolutions, often abandoned within days of making them. Today I offer you a set of somewhat yoga related self care items you can easily drop into your existing wake-up routine. They will help you feel refreshed and ready to face the day. For the most part, they're easy to do and don't require you to purchase a lot of expensive equipment such as you might need with exercise regimes. Give them a try. What do you have to lose but the parts of you you didn't want anyhow?
By the time you get to my age, there's a chance you're already drinking water with your handful of supplements and/or medications. Warm lemon water jump starts your digestive system by moving the sludge of the previous night out of your digestive tract and infusing you with a big hit of vitamin C. The writer in this link doesn't mention it, but I have personally found that a big cup of warm water in the morning gives peristalsis a kick and might just help you run a little smoother if you know what I mean.
This is one of those techniques that sounds uncomfortable but is really quite nice. One of the first times I experienced skin brushing was at a waterfront hydrotherapy spa near Seattle. The practitioner gently brushed my skin with a boar bristle brush and prepared me for a deep cleanse of my pores in a sauna. It was amazing! I now do this for myself and I love the way it makes my skin come alive. Remember, your skin is your body's biggest organ. I also know I'm helping slough off heaps of dead skin. Yay! Skin brushing isn't for everyone. If you have eczema, psoriasis or just sensitive skin, you might not benefit from this technique.
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- Five minutes of pranayama
Ah yes, if you are a yogi, all roads lead to meditation. If you really want to be calmer and have more serenity this year meditation must be included somewhere. I was reminded recently that meditation doesn't always mean sitting with your eyes closed. Some people meditate while walking (Thich Naht Hahn), some even come to a place of peace by jogging or swimming. However you get there, eke out a space in your daily life to soak in it.
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Some would include neti pot in this list and that would be excellent. Personally, I do nasal cleansing at the end of the day. Give one or all of these recommendations a try for 30 days and see what you notice. And remember that meditation can start at five minutes and work up to something longer. The important part is regularity. The only way you'll notice a change is if you do these things regularly. Let me know what you find!